Jim found similar research to what I found about teachers. Teachers are dissatisfied by their jobs and I believe Jim pointed out something important. We have to find satisfaction in our students. This is probably the reason almost, if not every, teacher got into the profession. I have been at the Alaska RTI conference this past weekend and heard a presenter say that each day of being a teacher is a new day with new surprises. I believe this is another reason why many of us our teachers. Everyday is a new challenge and there is something rewarding about trying to tackle each challenge that is thrown at us. Teaching is a challenging profession and I believe many teachers question their career choice at some point in their teaching career.
Josie said "The feeling of pride and satisfaction that is achieved when we see our students mastering a difficult task is how I see my calling." This always reassures me that I have chosen the right profession. Sometimes, especially recently, I have questioned by choice of entering the profession but when a students shows progress it is all worth it. I think Joise hit the nail on the head that the biggest source of dissatisfaction includes things that are outside of the control of our classroom. There are just so many things happening in education and in village schools turnover can be really high. For me this is the hardest part. But the kids remind me daily of why I am a teacher. Their success is my success.
Natalie commented on my blog and it really made me think about perspective. Do we view the glass as half full or half empty? It we take the half full perspective we are more likely to be happy because positive thoughts are on our mind and we aren't consumed by everything in the field that is going wrong.
I have selected my mentee, my site administrator. We have not had a chance to meet to talk for more than a couple of minutes. When I asked her what she wanted help with she said she wanted to find an efficient way to organize email for ease of use and responding. I know in the past she has wanted help with using some of the other Google apps such as docs and sheets. I think these might be some next steps to help her. I would like to help show her how use Google sheets to display data for our school. I have been the one to do this and I just don't always have the time nor do I plan on staying at the school next year. We have not looked at a timeline yet but hopefully after getting back from RTI we can schedule a meeting.